Saturday, August 11, 2007
Develop Human Resource alongside Culture- QUASHIGAH
Story: TIMOTHY GOBAH, Tegbi
THE Minister of Health, Major Courage Quashigah (retd), has emphasized the importance of developing the human resource side by side the culture of the people in order to achieve real development.
He said the provision of good roads, electricity and other physical structures alone did not constitute development.
The Minister was speaking at a colourful picnic and durbar of the chiefs and people of the Volta Region at Tegbi to climax this years Council of Ewes Association of North America (CEANA) convention and to commemorate the country’s 50th independence anniversary.
CEANA is an umbrella organization of 17 associations throughout North American, Canada and Germany. It aims to promote contacts among Ewes in the Diaspora and harness their intellectual, economic and technical know-how for the development of Eweland in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.
Major Quashigah said that the greatest challenge facing modern society was its inability to document important cultural values that made society what it was and challenged CEANA to take up the challenge.
He said countries such as China and Singapore were able to develop due to the people’s ability to blend traditional beliefs and behaviours with foreign cultures for the betterment of their societies.
He cited China where at a point in time, the literate population relied on their illiterates to explore the rich potential of that country.
In the case of Singapore, they had decided to make that country the cleanest in the world and it had place them among the most successful countries in the world.
The minister called on Ghanaians abroad to retrace their roots, rediscover their shortcomings and harness the human resource for the rapid development of the country.
Major Quashigah called for a complete overhaul of the country’s education curricula in line with the people’s beliefs and practices.
“Every ethnic group should get back to its roots and recapture what they were doing before and modify them to meet modern trends,” he said, and added that was “the only way we could develop.” The Keta District Chief Executive, Mr. Edward Kofi Ahiabor, urged members of CEANA to endeavour to register their dependants with the health insurance scheme to reduce the burden of sending money home when they fall sick.
The Presidents of CEANA, Togbi Satranah, said the group was one of the strongest, best organized and most dynamic in North America and had since been a vehicle for promoting and harnessing the intellectual, economic and socio-cultural talents of its membership for the benefit of Eweland.
According to him, the association had already embarked on a school project in the Ho Municipality and Kpando District in the Volta Region.
He said the group had commenced the teaching of the Ewe language at their general meetings and also strengthened and improved their cultural practices.
Togbi Kwaku Yador, a leading member of CEANA, said the convention which was the first of its kind in the country was informed by the desire to contribute their quota to the development of Ghana.
“One should always be proud of where one hails from and we are proud to be Ghanaians,” he added.
The chairman for the occasion, Togbi Tengey Dzokoto V1, urged the CEANA to always exhibit the rich culture of the land in the Diaspora.
He urged them to inculcate in their children the rich values of Ghanaian culture.
In a welcoming address, the Chairman of Tebgi Welfare Union, Mr. Konnic Daniel Anyigba, said they were proud to host their brothers and sisters from the Diaspora.
Daily Graphic Saturday, August 11, 2007 Page: 7